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Elliott, Sodhi keep New Zealand undefeated despite Mustafizur five-fer

Elliott, Sodhi keep New Zealand undefeated despite Mustafizur five-fer
Mustafizur Rahman's (left) five-wicket haul went in vain.
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New Zealand 145-8 (Williamson 42) beat
Bangladesh 70 (Hom 16no) by 75 runs
28th Match, Super 10 Group 2, ICC World Twenty20, Kolkata

After a five-fer from Mustafizur Rahman limited New Zealand to 145 for eight, Grant Elliott and Ish Sodhi shared six wickets between them as Bangladesh collapsed spectacularly to be bowled out for 70 runs, handing the Black Caps a 75-run win in the Super 10 Group 2 encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 in Kolkata.

Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand began well with Kane Williamson (42) striking two boundaries in the very first over and followed it up with another in the third over.

Bangladesh replied with the wicket of Henry Nicholls (7), who was castled by a lovely delivery from Mustafizur (5-22).

Williamson continued to build on his aggressive start with a four and a six in the fifth over and took New Zealand to 39 for one in the powerplay.

After two tight overs, Mustafizur slipped in a slow off-cutter which befuddled Williamson and rattled his stumps, Bangladesh continued to apply pressure and conceded just 43 runs between overs six and 13.

Colin Munro (35) upped the ante with a four and two sixes but Al-Amin Hossain (2-27) castled him with a straight delivery. New Zealand reached 91 for two after 14 overs.

In an eventful 15th over, Ross Taylor (28) was dropped by Hossain while Corey Anderson (0) misread a slow ball and played it onto his stumps.

13 runs came in the 17th over as Taylor and Elliott (9) looked to push for a big finish but Mustafizur had the latter caught mid-on, thanks to a superlative effort from Shuvagata Hom (0-16).

New Zealand lost Taylor in the 19th over but took 12 runs off it while Mustafizur completed a five-wicket haul with a double strike in the final over.

Mitchell McClenaghan (6 not out) finished the innings with a six, pushing New Zealand to 145 for eight in 20 overs.

Bangladesh were rattled early as Tamim Iqbal (3) was run out by Munro in the second over. After hitting 14 runs in the fifth over, Bangladesh lost Mohammad Mithun (11) in the sixth and ended up with 30 for two in the powerplay phase.

Bangladesh lost four wickets in four consecutive overs as Mitchell Santner (1-16), Nathan McCullum (1-6), Sodhi (3-21) and Elliott (3-12) dismissed Shakib Al Hasan (2), Sabbir Rahman (12) Soumya Sarkar (6) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) respectively to leave Bangladesh struggling at 45 for six after 12 overs.

The game was halted for 11 minutes as one of the floodlights in the stadium malfunctioned.

Bangladesh slipped further after the resumption as Sodhi got his second wicket by breaching the defences of Mahmudullah (5) after drawing him forward with a good flighted delivery.

There was no respite in sight for Bangladesh as Elliott struck twice in the 15th over to leave them reeling at 65 for nine after 15 overs.

Sodhi completed his three-wicket haul and dismissed Hossain (0) to secure a massive 75-run victory for New Zealand who go into the semi-finals undefeated.

Bangladesh on the other hand, end their campaign without a victory. Williamson was awarded the man of the match.

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